Daily Search Forum Recap: January 8, 2009

Jan 8, 2009 - 4:00 pm 0 by

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Dislike Search Spam? Tell Google What You Dislike The Most
    Matt Cutts has his annual post on tell him what Google's search quality team should tackle in 2009, to prevent web spam. So far, Matt's post has 90 suggestions. So if you really hate web spam, go there, comment and let Matt know what you think. Matt said: Based on your experiences, close your eyes and think about what area(s) you wish Google would work on. You probably want to think about it for a
  • The Redesign SEO "Honeymoon Period"
    An interesting WebmasterWorld thread discusses the phenomenon of redesigning a site, with brand new URL structure, 301 redirecting the old URLs to the new, and seeing an almost immediate boost in rankings at Google.com. In fact, WebmasterWorld moderator, minnapple, has coined this phenomenon the "honeymoon period." What he means by that is that sometimes, a well-liked site, will see an immediate boost in rankings at Google after redesigning and implementing many 301 redirects. Minnapple described
  • Google AdWords Testing "Timeframe" Budget Option
    We have confirmed reports of Google beta testing a new AdWords budgeting option. The budgeting option is named "Timeframe" and gives advertisers the ability to budget by month or by day. The help document explains this a bit better. The difference between monthly and daily is described as: With a daily budget, lower traffic days may mean that your ads receive fewer impressions and have some budget leftover. We don't use this leftover budget, but
  • Gmail Mobile Bug Allowing Security Breaches Of Other Google Email Users?
    In the past few hours, I have seen two threads from the Google Mobile Help Forums reporting that these people were able to login with their password to Gmail, but for some reason, were taken to someone else's Gmail account. Both reports came on the fourth of January, the first said: There are times when I enter the gmail site on my cell phone, and before the sign-in page even appears, I have found myself
  • How To Get a Locations Longitude/Latitude Using Google Maps on iPhone
    Believe it or not, there are times where I want to find the latitude and longitude values of the location I am currently at or at an other location. I spotted a Google Mobile Help thread that goes through the steps on how to obtain the latitude and longitude using Google Maps. I found it interesting and I thought I document the process. Step 1: Open up the Maps application on your iPhone and find
  • Google SMS Search Not Returning Search Results
    Google's SMS search is simply not returning results anymore. I am not sure how many people this is impacting, i.e. I have no idea how many people use Google SMS to search on their phones, but some have noticed it. For example, here is me sending a text to 466453 and Google returning no results for either "Lakers" or "RustyBrick." A Google Mobile Help thread has confirmation from a Google representative, Bret, that there is

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